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The 5 Most Beautiful Views in “Pretty Prague”

Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

It’s no secret that the Czech Republic’s capital city, Prague, is having a moment. This once below-the-radar travel destination has exploded in popularity in recent yearsindeed, according to Euromonitor International, Prague is the 5th most visited city in Europe! And, if the rumors are to be believed, there’s a good reason for all the love: Prague is, by all accounts, unbelievably beautiful.  

Justin and I were eager to see what all the fuss was about, so we decided to make this autumn our introduction to this East-Central European gem. So, does “pretty Prague” live up to the hype? We’ll let you decide…

Here are our picks of the 5 most beautiful views in Prague:

Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

River, Beer, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

1. The View from Above: Prague Castle

Prague Castle, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

Rising above the city, Prague Castle—which dates from the 9th century—is not only the largest ancient castle in world, it’s also one of Prague’s most popular attractions. And for good reason! Even the most casual visitor can easily spend a couple of hours walking the castle grounds. 

Archway, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

Prague Castle, Statue, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

And you can spend much longer if you’re planning to go inside the buildings or visit all of the gardens.

St. Vetus Cathedral, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

St. Vetus Cathedral, Painted Glass, Stained Glass, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

If you make your way from Matthias Gate, past St. Vitus’s Cathedral

Soldiers in Uniform, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

Basilica of St. George, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

…walk to the right of the Basilica of St. George

Supreme Burgrave House, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

…and alongside the Supreme Burgrave’s House en route to the Black Tower

Black Tower, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

(As you pass by the courtyard entrance, don’t forget to stop for a quick peek at the famous statue, “Youth,” whose… err… appendage is considered a sort of good luck charm.)

Statue, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

…you’ll come at last to the Bastion—also know as a damned fine view of the city from above:

Bastion, Rooftops, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

Rooftops, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

2. The View from Onboard: Vltava River Boat Tour 

Vltava River, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

The Vltava River is not only the longest river within the Czech Republic and a beloved symbol of Czech nationalism, it’s also one of the best ways to see Prague’s major sites.  

An outing that we took with Premiant City Tour included a Classic River cruise (and you know how much we love boats). 

Vltava River Cruise, Wine, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

In addition to getting us up close and personal with certain artistic touches those walking “topside” on the city’s most famous bridges will, probably, miss…

Iron Bridge Sculpture, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

…we got terrific views of both shores.

Vltava River, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

Prague Castle, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

And, let’s not forget the major highlight: cruising under the Charles Bridge!

Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

3. The View from the Bridge: The Charles Bridge

And speaking of the Charles Bridge...

Charles Bridge Tower, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

There’s no denying that, for many, the Charles Bridge is the most iconic structure in all of Prague. The construction of this 16-arch stone bridge began in 1357, but it’s only been known as the “Charles Bridge” since 1870. The thirty statues adorning the bridge date were added in 1700 (though none of the originals remain today). 

Charles Bridge Tower, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

Charles Bridge, Sunset, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

Like many bridges around the world, the view from the Charles Bridge is a favorite for lovers (or, at least, their locks).

Locks, Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

And you’re sure to be entertained by people-watching and street musicians whenever you visit!

Silhouette, Sunset, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

Street Performer, Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

4.  The View from Within: The Spanish Synagogue

Spanish Synagogue, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

If you just look at the exterior of the Spanish Synagogue, you might wonder why we think it’s one of the most beautiful views in Prague. But if you head inside, we think you’ll agree that the view simply can’t be beat. 

Spanish Synagogue, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

Spanish Synagogue, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

One of several sites around the Jewish Quarter which make up the city’s Jewish Museum, the Spanish Synagogue, built in Moorish style, may be the newest synagogue in Prague, but it stands on the site of the oldest (the 12th-century Altschul).  

Spanish Synagogue, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

Spanish Synagogue, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

Once used as a holding space for property confiscated from Prague’s Jews during WWII, the synagogue now houses two permanent exhibitions. In the main space, you find information and artifacts (including profiles of famous folk like Franz Kafka, Sigmund Freud and Gustav Mahler) tracing the history of the Jews of Bohemia  from the time of Joseph II (in the 1780s) through the Second World War (and beyond).

Spanish Synagogue, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

Upstairs in a side room, a second exhibit shows visitors a selection of valuable silver pieces from the museum’s collections of religious artifacts.

Spanish Synagogue, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

Spanish Synagogue, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

By the way, it’s totally worth it to make a quick stop at the small Robert Guttmann Gallery whose entrance fee is included in your synagogue ticket. When we visited, the exhibit was focused on the works of local artist Eugeen van Mieghem (1875–1930), who documented the emigration of millions of people from the port of Antwerp to America in the late 19th/early 20th centuries.

Robert Guttmann Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

Robert Guttmann Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

5. The View from the Square: Prague Old Town Square

Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

Whether you visit by day…

Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

…or by night…

Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

…the views available in Prague’s Old Town Square are fantastic.

Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

In addition to admiring the diverse architecture, be sure to spend some time enjoying the meticulous detail of the medieval astronomical clock (the 3rd oldest in the world and the only one still functioning today). 

Astronomical Clock, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

By the by, the legend has it that the clockmaker, Hanuš, was blinded on the order of the Prague Councillors so that he could not repeat his work…probably not true given that the true clockmaker was a man called Mikuláš of Kadaň. Still, even without that creepiness, the clock’s pretty cool!

Astronomical Clock, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

Bonus Tip: don’t waste your money at the super up-priced restaurants lining the square. Instead, wander a bit further back to a spot called…

Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

In addition to trying classics like these delectable potato pancakes…

Potato Pancakes, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

…we recommend ordering the roasted pork knuckle—which is large enough to serve two—and, of course, a couple of refreshing Czech beers: either a Pilsner, (the Czech Republic’s city of Plzeň is the original source!) or a Budějovický Budvar (don’t let the name fool you—this “Budweiser” is in no way associated with the American Anheuser-Busch brand).

Pork Knuckle, Pilsner, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

So, what do you guys think? Is Prague Eastern Europe’s most beautiful city? 

Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Sunset, Prague, Czech Republic, Uncontained Life

If you enjoyed the photos in this post and want to see more from our time in Prague, Check out Why This Second Post About Prague Was Even Written.

All photographs were taken with the Sony A600—a lightweight, mirrorless camera that’s perfect for world travel. You can find out more about the gear we carry when we travel HERE.


Many thanks to Czech Tourism and Premiant City Tour for their support during this trip. As always, all opinions are our own. 

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Visitor Information for Prague:

Currency: The official currency of the Czech Republic is the Czech crown (koruna), I.E. the CZK. (1 USD = approx. 24 CZK.)

Transportation:

  • Getting into City Center from Airport: 
    • Fastest & Cheapest: Bus No.119. Runs approx every 15 minutes from 4:30 am to 11:30 pm between Prague airport and metro station Veleslavin (green line – it takes about 10 minutes) suitable for metro stops in the center like Mustek (Wenceslas Square), Staromestska (Old Town Square), Namesti Miru (Vinohrady) and Museum (Wenceslas Square). Purchase your bus ticket (adult ticket = CZK 32) at the Prague Public Transportation booth (in the arrivals hall of terminals 1 and 2) or from the coin-operated vending machines. (If you buy your ticket from the bus driver, it will be more expensive.)
    • Alternatives: Take the Airport Express Bus to the Main Train Station. Your bus fare will include your connection to Prague Central Station (read more here). There is also a shuttle bus service, which makes regular runs to and from the airport (read more here).
  • Getting Around Town: 

Accommodation:

  • Budget: Mosaic House is one of Prague’s most popular hostels–and for good reason! Its location can’t be beat, and its mix of dorm and private rooms offer something for everyone. Plus, the place is eco-friendly! Check prices now on Agoda.com and save up to 50%!
  • Mid-range: Just a stone’s throw from Prague Castle, the Domus Henrici Boutique Hotel offers comfort at a great value. If you’d rather be close to the Charles Bridge, check out the ever-popular Unitas Hotel. Both hotels include breakfast, so you’ll be all fueled up for your Prague explorations. See how much you can save at the Domus here, and at the Unitas here!
  • Luxe: Soak up the atmosphere of Old Town at the Old Town Square Hotel & Residence. This 5-star boutique accommodation boasts a delicious breakfast, spacious, modern rooms, and attentive staff. Check your travel dates today and save!

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11 Responses to The 5 Most Beautiful Views in “Pretty Prague”

  1. CzechPragueOut November 22, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

    Love your article and pictures! Great that you are mentioning the boat tour. We also think that getting on bigger, or smaller boat (you can rent a paddle boat, or rowing boat for a few bugs) is something which every Prague visitor should do. Locals do it 🙂

    • UncontainedLife November 22, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

      Thank you so much! We are glad you enjoyed our post. A paddle or rowing boat would be a fantastic experience! We will be sure to rent a small boat when we return to Prague. We hope it will be soon!

  2. Petr November 10, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

    Great article, but Prague is not Eastern Europe’s most beautiful city, because it’s not in Eastern Europe!

  3. Erma Loveland November 9, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

    We visited Prague right after the border to Prague was lifted to allow travelers in. We couldn’t stay long but the Charles River Bridge and the night lighting of Old Town were very appealing to us.

    • UncontainedLife November 10, 2015 at 3:22 am #

      Very cool! Are you thinking you might visit again some day? Like you, we weren’t able to stay long in Prague, but we certainly want to come back and explore more.

  4. Beth October 28, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

    The Locks of Love bridge is not the Charles Bridge. It’s able to be seen from the Charles Bridge, but is next to the Lennon Wall. 🙂

    • UncontainedLife October 29, 2015 at 12:20 am #

      Absolutely true! However, our photo with the locks is from the tower side of the Charles Bridge. It has a great view of the Charles Bridge and visitors have been adding locks to the railing.

  5. D October 28, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

    Prague is not in Eastern Europe. If you consider Vienna to be in Western Europe then how could Prague be further East when it is actually further Westerly than Vienna? Other than that nice article/blog!

    • UncontainedLife October 28, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

      Thanks for reading! You raise a good point. Many people use the term Central Europe to describe this region (Czech Republic,Germany, Austria, etc.) but, some geopolitical agencies interchangeably refer to the Czech Republic as Eastern Europe and as Central Europe (despite the geographical relationship to other “western” countries). For us, this European country was beautiful and we can’t wait to return to see more 🙂

  6. karen October 20, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

    Hello Hillary and Justin,
    It’s good to keep up with your travels and adventures through Uncontained Life.
    The photo tour of Prague is wonderful! It’s a city I’ve never given any thought to
    visiting until you shared some of it’s beauty, age, and history. Thank you!
    I love you and pray for you. I’m happy to see you truly enjoying and living during
    this season of your lives. Have a great day.

    • UncontainedLife October 28, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

      Hello Karen! That is exactly what we hoped for in writing this post. Prague is so rich in culture, history, natural beauty, and we think it deserves more attention. If you visit, you will not be disappointed! We are certainly enjoying our traveling life and appreciate your continued interest in our journey.

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